(or Dome): The
spire is the highest steeple section and meant to in"spire" distant
viewers. Spires may be square or octagonal, as determined by their
lantern or belfry.
the spire may be a lantern. Less than half of New England steeples
have lanterns. They tend to be the most ornate section of any steeple.
section sits above the tower and houses the bell. The belfry may
be open or enclosed by louvers, allowing the pealing of the bell
to be heard. The structure that forms the belfry floor and tower
roof is called the belldeck.
lowest steeple section that rises out of the buiding is the tower.
If a steeple has clocks, they are usually in this section.